‘Piece by piece’ is a new section in the Guardian that will feature great advice and information from local groups and seasoned activists.

‘Piece by Piece’ is a new section in the Guardian that will feature great advice and information from local groups and seasoned activists.
The project aims to alert people to the scale of piecemeal development and its impact on the natural world, without making them feel overwhelmed or disempowered.
Journalist Juliette Jowit said: “We hope that the website can become a forum for local campaigners to swap tips and tactics, help gather evidence and be encouraged to keep fighting a just cause.”
The latest piece covered the Rospuda Valley fens. The goal was to stop the Polish Government building a damaging road through the area. What activist Malgorzata Górska (who won the 2010 Goldman prize for this campaign) found was that it is also important to provide the developers and their supporters with an alternative.
Jowit wrote: “The debate about realism versus idealism will always rumble through the environment movement, and in some cases it might be that unnecessary and damaging schemes should be simply axed. But in the majority of campaigns it would appear that simply saying ‘no’ leaves a vacuum. Arguments for the project – the need to create jobs, provide affordable housing, or whatever – will persuade many to support a worse option. Don’t just say ‘no’: find something to say ‘yes’ to instead.”
To view Piece by Piece, visit

‘Piece by piece’ is a new section in the Guardian that will feature great advice and information from local groups and seasoned activists.

The project aims to alert people to the scale of piecemeal development and its impact on the natural world, without making them feel overwhelmed or disempowered.

Journalist Juliette Jowit said: “We hope that the website can become a forum for local campaigners to swap tips and tactics, help gather evidence and be encouraged to keep fighting a just cause.”

The latest piece covered the Rospuda Valley fens. The goal was to stop the Polish Government building a damaging road through the area. What activist Malgorzata Górska (who won the 2010 Goldman prize for this campaign) found was that it is also important to provide the developers and their supporters with an alternative.

Jowit wrote: “The debate about realism versus idealism will always rumble through the environment movement, and in some cases it might be that unnecessary and damaging schemes should be simply axed. But in the majority of campaigns it would appear that simply saying ‘no’ leaves a vacuum. Arguments for the project – the need to create jobs, provide affordable housing, or whatever – will persuade many to support a worse option. Don’t just say ‘no’: find something to say ‘yes’ to instead.”

To view Piece by piece, visit The Guardian website.

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